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This show is for your inner child of curiosity. Think of it as a weekly deep dive into a wide variety of subject matters with 100 experts. On the first season, we've had designers, actors, infectious disease experts, recruiters, cannabis experts, chefs, musicians, illustrators, film directors, architects, permaculturists, runners, meditation teachers, linguists, sex educators, sound mastering engineers, and others. Some are old friends, some are people we've just met, but all are human beings in the world who've agreed to have a conversation with us about the things that they know. Please follow/subscribe and leave us a review wherever you get your podcasts. Thanks for joining us.

This show is for your inner child of curiosity. Think of it as a weekly deep dive into a wide variety of subject matters with 100 experts. On the first season, we've had designers, actors, infectious disease experts, recruiters, cannabis experts, chefs, musicians, illustrators, film directors, architects, permaculturists, runners, meditation teachers, linguists, sex educators, sound mastering engineers, and others. Some are old friends, some are people we've just met, but all are human beings in the world who've agreed to have a conversation with us about the things that they know. Please follow/subscribe and leave us a review wherever you get your podcasts. Thanks for joining us.

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United States

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This show is for your inner child of curiosity. Think of it as a weekly deep dive into a wide variety of subject matters with 100 experts. On the first season, we've had designers, actors, infectious disease experts, recruiters, cannabis experts, chefs, musicians, illustrators, film directors, architects, permaculturists, runners, meditation teachers, linguists, sex educators, sound mastering engineers, and others. Some are old friends, some are people we've just met, but all are human beings in the world who've agreed to have a conversation with us about the things that they know. Please follow/subscribe and leave us a review wherever you get your podcasts. Thanks for joining us.

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English


Episodes

Delay of show

4/12/2021
Our planned episode with Piper Payne (https://www.howthisworks.show/guests/piper-payne) will be delayed this week, that's the bad news; the good news is that it'll be available next week. Plus, Skipper talks about how it came about that we're talking to Piper — a mastering engineer (hint: Selena Rosanbalm (https://www.howthisworks.show/guests/selena-rosanbalm)) — and previews the last two episodes of the season. The next next one will have Sarah Sudhoff and the last one with Skipper Chong...

Duration:00:04:33

Kait Scalisi

4/6/2021
This episode of How This Works addresses adult subject matters and contains adult language. This week, Skipper chats with Kait Scalisi, a certified sex educator who founded Passion by Kait. They engage in a wide-ranging conversation that explores so many areas — including shame, communication, and how pleasure is really powerful as a healing force. And there's so much under the surface as well, like how some people carry their disabilities in plain sight, the concept of accessible design,...

Duration:01:00:58

Sally McRae

3/30/2021
This week, Skipper chats with Sally McRae, a pro runner for Nike and NordicTrack among others. Based in Bend, Oregon, Sally starts off by talking about how she often gets mistaken for a bodybuilder, a cross fitter, and even a cage fighter. She also gets into many more details of her life, including growing up in a family of seven, playing soccer and starting to run because "she knew she had the speed" and then as a way to stay in shape and cross-train, running her first marathon, discovering...

Duration:00:50:01

Kat Hantas and Nicole Emanuel

3/23/2021
Today's episode features a conversation with two sisters — Kat Hantas and Nicole Emanuel — about 21Seeds, their company that makes all-natural, infused tequila. They talk about what they did before starting the company — film work and corporate finance, respectively — when Kat's doctor instructed her to stop drinking fermented spirits like wine, beer, and sake to drink distilled spirits like blanco tequila instead. And after eight years of infusing tequila in her kitchen, Kat enlisted her...

Duration:01:07:49

Dr. Laura Sicola

3/16/2021
This week, Skipper chats with Laura Sicola, a leadership communication and influence expert, speaker, author of "Speaking to Influence: Mastering Your Leadership Voice" (bookshop link (https://bookshop.org/a/9976/9781948787307)), a coach, and host of the podcast, "Speaking to Influence: Communication Secrets of the C-Suite" (https://speakingtoinfluence.com/podcast/). But this conversation isn't just for managers or people in the C-suite, it's for anyone who wants to hear yes a bit more in...

Duration:00:58:58

Cassandra Carlopio

3/9/2021
Today's episode features time with Cassandra Carlopio, a meditation/sleep consultant currently collaborating with The Breathe Institute and trained as a clinical psychologist on the Gold Coast of Australia. We talk about the importance of sleep, address some of the falacies associated with meditation, and she graciously leads us through a short guided meditation. We also talk about how she loves the mountains and beach equally, her newfound love of kite boarding, about the role of the...

Duration:00:56:06

Ben Falk

3/2/2021
Ben Falk chats with Skipper on this episode of How This Works from his farm/home/homstead in Vermont about permaculture and sustainability. We start with Ben in utero at the base of El Capitan in California, visiting national parks with his family (instead of going to Disneyland), rock climbing, and then doing backcountry trips which formed his foundational relationship with his work now. We also talk about the difference between design being focused on sustainability and regeneration, how...

Duration:01:02:42

Kacie Lett Gordon

2/23/2021
In today's show, Kacie Lett Gordon deconstructs the notion of having it all in our current times — she's working through that for herself with a number of other women on her podcast Fuck it All. We start out by talking about being a bit nervous about being on a podcast as a guest and a podcast as a host, external and internal roles, the difference between honesty and authenticity, and how different people get their energy in different ways (she gets hers with alone time while her husband...

Duration:01:13:58

Chris Landon

2/16/2021
This episode's subtitle should be, So many movies, so little time. We start in Chris' childhood where he describes sneaking into his parents' room to watch Hitchcock's "Psycho" around the age of five, making short films in high school with his friends including a zombie sequel to "Xanadu" (which became a cult college favorite), feeling underwater after "Another Day in Paradise", leaving Los Angeles (and writing) before beginning to approach his work "like a job", "Disturbia" as a mix of...

Duration:00:48:41

Carl Welty

2/9/2021
In this episode, Carl talks to Skipper about his work as an architect, how the term sustainable design isn't good enough anymore, how linear perspective was developed in 1413, and his work on Banning Ranch Park and Preserve. Starting with being born in Roswell, New Mexico, living in Turkey, and settling in California, their conversation gets into how sustainable design (the idea of using less) really needs to shift to the idea of regenerative design (works more like nature or generates...

Duration:00:58:16

Thejus Chakravarthy

2/2/2021
This show with Thejus Chakravarthy ranges over a wide variety of topics but along the way we find out about his professional and life experiences in making change in the world. We start with his origins crowning in a cab in Mumbai, India, the ease in which his right shoulder dislocates after a show once upon a time with his hardcore band Lovers and Killers, the joy of Royal Farm (RoFo) fried chicken, and the brilliance of a 'hot now' Krispy Kreme donut. Skipper and Thejus also get into his...

Duration:01:12:50

Nova Stanley

1/26/2021
If you can believe it, Nova Stanley is just 17. We talk about his work as an artist, about his attending one of the top fine arts high schools in NYC during a pandemic, and his experience as a transgender male. Along the way, we get into so many topics — how Nova only snaps with his thumb and little/pinky finger (on both hands), how he comes from a family of artists and creators, getting inspiration from nature and his sisters (versus media and friends), how he's missing Brooklyn after his...

Duration:01:07:35

Stephanie Krivitzky

1/19/2021
Stephanie Krivitzky, currently in New York City, talks to Skipper about how she gets things done, starting with family discussions around the dinner table and then into her current role as creative director at Misen, a cookware company. The conversation hits so many points, starting with her frustration with baths, how the notion of logistics eventually fed into the concept of getting things done, how hustling and freelancing built her discipline, using your own motivations and demotiavtions...

Duration:00:59:51

Nicolai Lipscomb

1/12/2021
Starting under mentorship with James Beard winner Barbara Lynch, Nicolai Lipscomb has chefed at some of the best restuarants in the world, full stop — Arzak, El Celler Can Roca, at Fundacion Alicia with scientists and nutritionists under the direction of Ferran Adria and Pere Castells, the list goes on and on. And so this conversation with Skipper Chong Warson ranges the globe, starting in Half Moon Bay, Calif. to bungee jumping outside Vancouver Island, British Columbia to working in high...

Duration:00:50:11

Selena Rosanbalm

1/5/2021
Having grown up with the idea that she wanted to perform and make music, Selena Rosanbalm talks with Skipper about being a musician and the work she’s done to write, record, release, and promote an independent album in 2020 with everything that's going on. The conversation has a wide swing, starting with her love of yacht rock (think Michael McDonald or Hall & Oates or the Doobie Bros), her fear of things underwater, her early thrill with performing "I Just Can't Wait to Be King" from The...

Duration:00:52:54

Brad Bogus

12/29/2020
This episode of How This Works addresses adult subject matters and contains adult language. As a marketing veteran, Brad breaks down the world of cannabis in this conversation with Skipper. There are stops along the way to talk about Shakespeare, punk rock, William Randolph Hurst, how the illegality of marijuana affects the prison/jail system in this country, the history of reefer madness, how President-elect Biden and speaker Pelosi are closer in age to the assasination of Lincoln than to...

Duration:00:58:04

Jackie Velasquez-Ross

12/22/2020
Recorded at the end of October 2020, Jackie and Skipper talked about some number of topics, including how being parents helped them both do better work, how Jackie thinks about recruiting as an art and a science, how fit is both important for the job seeker as well as for the company, how you should never settle for a job (unless you're a contractor), how all designers should have a portfolio, and how important it is to do your research before you apply for a job. Our show starts with a flub...

Duration:00:50:32

Dr. Peter Chin-Hong

12/15/2020
We talk with Dr. Peter Chin-Hong from University of California, San Francisco about his expertise as an infectious disease clinician on the novel coronavirus and COVID-19. We'll talk about the current state of the pandemic in California, around the country, and in the world at-large. We also get into what's happening with the vaccines (including the FDA approved Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine that uses mRNA to rewire a genetic trigger to the viral proteins) as well as other therapeutics, pandemic...

Duration:00:32:56

Amy Kim Waschke

12/8/2020
We recorded this episode when the west coast fires were raging all up and down California, Oregon, and Washington state in Sep 2020. We talked about Amy's journey to becoming a stage actor as well as what her world looks like today as a company member for Oregon Shakespeare Festival (https://www.osfashland.org) (OSF) during COVID-19. One thing we talked about during this episode is how much the arts bring into the U.S. economy every year — on average, $877B is added to the economy, it...

Duration:00:47:12

Jake Kahana

12/1/2020
We recorded this episode in Sep 2020 and we talked about Jake's work as a designer and creative director, the notion of focused work, why he started You're Better Than Brunch, and cofounding Caveday with Jeremy Redleaf and Molly Sonsteng. Like so many of us working from home these days, you'll hear Jake's daughter waking up just after the introduction questions before we get into main discussion about focused work and distraction. We also talk about the 2017 University of Chicago study where...

Duration:00:41:30